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SCIENCE VS RELIGION

 

by John Mace

 

There is no doubt that shared knowledge is based upon a shared definition of terms, so here are definitions of two important terms or words that are fundamental to an understanding of what follows.

 

Science: According to the two volume World Book Dictionary science is defined as “knowledge of facts and laws arranged in an orderly system” but it is the word ’facts’ in the definition that is of paramount importance.

 

Religion: From the same dictionary comes, “a belief in God or Gods”. No matter how many other dictionaries you consult, the word “belief” is universally predominant in all the definitions.

 

A vital element in a belief is that it is actually an accepted opinion about something, but that does not make it factual. A ready historical example of an incorrect belief was that held by ancient European mariners, particularly those from the Mediterranean who believed that the earth was flat. That belief was so strong that it does not require much imagination to conjure up the negative effect it had on marine exploration and knowledge. History books are riddled with stories and aspects of such negative beliefs. Expanding that into the religious arena it is both fortunate and amazing that present day scientists were able to ignore these beliefs and venture into the unknown of space.

 

In my own case I ignored what I had been taught and believed and accepted what I had accidently discovered. As regards researching, why bother to do any research if you are not prepared to accept the findings, no matter how challenging to your sacred beliefs. Archimedes had a major impact on scientific knowledge and principles because he accepted what saw when he reportedly stepped into his bath and recognized the principle of water Displacement.

 

To sum up and compare the two above highlighted elements, science is based upon known facts and religion is based upon beliefs. The meaning of the words “knowing” and “believing” is separated by a gulf of infinite dimensions. Knowing is the product of personal experience whereas believing is accepting knowledge expounded by others. A ready example in everyday life is this is the case of someone being told that a lemon for instance is very tart, in other words, bitter and sour, so that although they accept the other’s opinion it remains a belief. However, it is only when they taste a lemon themselves that that belief turns into knowledge.

 

Every activity from an erupting volcano to a fly being swatted by a human hand requires and utilizes energy. Further to that, unless energy is applied to a material object it will neither move nor change and the human body is of course a material object. There are two forms or sources of energy affecting a human body, internal and external. An example of the latter is a body being subject to physical force such as being pushed by another, which can cause it to move. An extreme example of an external force affecting a body is provided by a bullet from a gun, the impact of which, can even cause death. A more subtle form of external energy, are flows of invisible energy from a heat source such as a fire or strong sunrays. Each can result in either bodily damage or a sense of comfort. If feeling cold in shaded spot, moving out unto the sun can be pleasantly warming, but exposing your body to direct sunlight in hot weather can cause tissue damage called sunburn.

 

As regards internal sources, the energy self generated within all life forms, be they human, animal or birds etc is created by the ingestion and digestion of other life forms, be they animal or vegetable, which are broadly categorized as food as long as they are not poisonous. The energy internally generated allows we humans to operate our bodies in the manner that we do.

 

Mankind: If you look at the species called Man and recognize that that word includes male, female and child, you are viewing a mechanism of awe inspiring and infinite wonder, beauty, function and complexity. There is not one artificial construction, no matter how incredibly brilliant as a masterful piece of engineering design and construction, that can be even remotely be compared to the intricacies involved in the functioning of a healthy human body. Such a body commonly referred to as a person is a composite of two elements, the physical body and its control mechanism, which activates it.

 

There is no limit to the amount of data that the control mechanism is capable of storing whereas even the most powerful computer has a limited capacity and that will always be so.

 

As an aside, after I reached retirement age, with an interest in philosophy, I decided to enroll at a university where one of my tutors during a lecture stated that computers had developed to the point that they could think, they could turn themselves off and on, so that when I queried who plugged them into the power and who designed them in the first place I naturally received a chilly response except from the other students. He obviously had some academic credentials otherwise he would not be lecturing but when it came to an understanding life and living he certainly had his head in the clouds. Although I completed the year and was eligible to continue I decided that university was not for me.

 

Faced with the conundrum of the of the ‘origins of the species’, a phrase coined by Charles Darwin, mankind down the ages has attributed human life forms to be the creation of a super being that western or Christian civilization calls God. Other civilisations, one for one, have their own various names for their concept of a God such as Islam’s Allah, but the very idea of a superior all powerful entity has obviously, at least to me, risen from the almost universal belief that there must be a superior being pulling the strings as it were, so before reading further it must be stated that my view of life is the product of the extreme ‘out of body experience’ narrated in my book “Turning Upsets into Positive Energy”. The experience changed me from being a confirmed atheist or agnostic to what I am today, which is certainly not a Christian nor a follower of any other religious belief system, but probably best described as a free thinking realist.

 

To return to Charles Darwin, all his research was predominately on species other than human. England at the time was overwhelmingly Christian so that with such a puritanical outlook prevailing it was many years before he had the courage to take his manuscript out of his cupboard where it had been gathering dust and put it into the public arena. He published it reluctantly, but that is another story. He had kept his manuscript locked in the cupboard because he was fully aware that his ideas totally opposed prevailing thinking, particularly of that within church ranks. His reasoning was proved correct for after publication, the furor it created took years to subside, in fact my very religious Christian grandmother was still railing about it in the late 1930s although Darwin died in 1892 and his book, Origin of the Species, was published in 1859. The attitude of the likes of my grandmother was that his teachings and theory of evolution were blasphemous because they challenged Christian doctrine and made a mockery of such historical stories such as that of Adam and Eve. It is fully understandable, at least by me, that when even the most intelligent and socially acceptable members of society accept the existence of God it is because they are unable to accept the fact that the human species could develop as it has without some ‘divine intervention’. However, applying scientific principles to the problem, it boils down to the simplistic proposition of game playing. Before proceeding I am reminded of a workplace subordinate, whose first name I still remember, when I was a ship’s pilot employed by the Sydney port authority. When confronted with my ideas about life and after spending a week cogitating on what I had demonstrated, he said in words that I have never forgotten even after so many years, for when referring to the demonstration he commented, “I cannot fault it, but it is too simple a solution for such a serious subject!” He could not fault it because, using the method of Socrates, I had told him nothing, but simply asked him questions, so it was his own answers and conclusions that he could not accept. He was a lovely guy, which is why I spent time with him, but tragically as far as broadening his horizons was concerned, his final response said it all.

 

Life is a game! A simple enough statement but what is a game? Most dictionaries only give examples of games without defining what a game is. However the American Heritage Dictionary does come close to defining what a game is in this way; a way of amusing oneself, a pastime, a diversion. Even that does not come really close in defining a game, so to use a colloquialism, I will stick my neck out and define a game as an activity, with goals and purposes, an opponent and essentially some unknown elements. It is the unknown elements factor, which every dictionary seems to ignore. For example a person soon loses interest if they know the outcome of any pastime. Witness the droves of people watching a game of football who start to leave when they know their team is so far behind that they cannot possibly win. As a further comment, stadiums, which are packed with spectators, would soon have their numbers greatly reduced if results were pre-determined. It is the unknown factor, which holds watcher’s attention. It is the unknown factor, which is the essential ingredient in any game.

 

Ennui or to use a more commonly used word, boredom, soon sets in when the unknown element is absent and the same applies to life.

 

What is not mentioned specifically in any dictionary that I have consulted is the important element of an opponent. Even when playing solo with a pack of cards there is an opponent. It is subtle, but the opponent when playing solo is the unknown sequence in which the cards fall. In the archives is an article about arguing. When one of the protagonists says, “You are right” the argument peters out because the other no longer had an opponent. It is interesting, that in what I related the person who took control did not add, “I am wrong” All that was indicated was that the opposition had been withdrawn. Without an opponent boredom soon sets in. Games are held in arenas as small as a house’s back garden with children at play, to international games on the vastness of the world stage.

 

Actually there is nothing more soul destroying, to use religious phraseology than boredom. It is boredom that is behind so much mischief that children get into. A ready example is when a high-toned person attains a goal. Initially they may bask in the satisfaction of their achievement, but will soon cast around for some other challenge to tackle and thus create a new game.

In conclusion, it is the out of body experience related in my book that calls for the last word. During the experience I was suddenly aware of not only being exterior to my body but exterior to the material or physical universe where all the mysteries of creation were unfolding. Crashing back into my body was not a conscious, self-motivated decision but more of an unknowing knee-jerk reaction to preserve a game. It is best explained as the awareness that with so many basic secrets of life being exposed and with so many facts concerning life starting to unfold, there would soon be no unknowns left and therefore NO GAME for me to play. I involuntarily crashed back into my body, because without a game with its unknowns and challenges, life was pointless. I was not so analytical at the time, but can make that statement now with the benefit of years of research and accrued knowledge about life generally.

 

That experience was in 1959, but it was many years later whilst working with John Avery that the next steppingstone to an understanding of life showed itself. I have said it before but I will say it again, but it was his ready acceptance of engaging and co-operating with me, that allowed my first realization to develop into what became the practical model used today. The development of my model since then has revealed a vast pool of knowledge concerning life. Its one and only drawback is the extent to which it challenges current beliefs, despite its proven track record in eliminating so many of society’s problems concerning life and living. The testimonials on various web sites are proof of that.

 

The Energy Method procedure, Experience Self, makes clients aware of their inherent invisible nature. Instead of the commonly used term Human Being that is a composite of body and the spirit that controls it, I have coined a new word for the all-important controlling element, namely HUMAN ENERGY UNIT. The procedure isolates THEM from their body and makes it real to them what game they are playing in life and what are the important rules to living. Ignorance of the rules is akin to walking onto a playing field and without knowing the nature of the game, never mind the rules of play. Life is really is enjoyable when you know the nature of the game and its rules.

 

Enjoy your game!


 

 

Copyright © John Mace. February 2nd 2016 / All Rights Reserved.

 

 

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